Wichita-area unemployment rate falls to 8.1 percent

The unemployment rate for the Wichita area in February was 8.1 percent, down from 8.6 percent in January.

According to figures supplied today by the Kansas Department of Labor, both the number of people employed in the Wichita area and the number searching for work were down about 2,000 in February from the month before.

The state rate for February, which was released last week, was 6.8 percent.

The federal unemployment rate of 9.7 percent is for March.